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Henry Miyatake Interview IV

Date: September 23, 1999
Location: Seattle, Washington
Videographer: Dana Hoshide
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-56
02:39:54
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Nisei male. Born 1929 in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with discrimination that made him a self-described, ""independent thinker,"" and later, an influential figure in the Japanese American community. While a teenager in camp, he wrote and defended an essay criticizing the United States' treatment of racial minorities. His teacher refused to accept his paper, resulting in a failed grade and preventing him from graduating. Postwar, served in the U.S. Counterintelligence Corps, where he was privy to classified documents detailing the placement of spies in the incarceration camps. After leaving the military, he worked at the Boeing Company, where he fought against discriminatory workplace practices. He was also one of the earliest proponents of redress, doing the research, planning, and organizing for the ""Seattle plan,"" the first highly developed plan for obtaining redress from the U.S. government for the WWII incarceration of the Japanese American community. Mr. Miyatake passed away in September 2014.
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington War Relocation Authority's efforts to encourage the hiring of Japanese Americans Segment 1 of 19 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Leaving the military, a complicated discharge Segment 2 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Helping the son of a North Korean informant Segment 3 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Business opportunities in postwar Alaska Segment 4 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Overcoming lack of a high school diploma to enter the University of Washington Segment 5 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Summer job working with the University of Washington wind tunnel program Segment 6 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Receiving job offers from major American car companies Segment 7 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Interviewing for jobs with several major companies Segment 8 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Little involvement with Japanese Americans at the University of Washington Segment 9 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Getting a job with Convair, Co. Segment 10 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Challenging work with Convair Segment 11 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Making the decision to leave Convair Segment 12 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The highs and lows of starting own company: X-Onics Segment 13 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning to Seattle and going to work at the Boeing Company Segment 14 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Raising a family Segment 15 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Brother's death on the job at Boeing Segment 16 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Struggle for fair treatment on behalf of brother, losing security clearances Segment 17 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Meeting outspoken Japanese Americans at Boeing Segment 18 of 19 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington The early origins of a commitment to redress for Japanese Americans Segment 19 of 19 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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